Iowa Wesleyan College names new vice president for academic affairsWritten by Theresa Rose on February 27, 2015
Iowa Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. DeWayne Frazier as its new chief academic officer.
“I am delighted to announce DeWayne’s appointment as Wesleyan’s new vice president for academic affairs. DeWayne has an outstanding background of experience to help lead Iowa Wesleyan into its vision as southeast Iowa’s regional comprehensive university,” said Dr. Steven Titus, president of Iowa Wesleyan College. “Dr. Frazier will provide strong collaborative leadership with our deans and faculty in growing and expanding our academic programs. This is a new dynamic era of growth for Iowa Wesleyan, an era that will begin to serve all learners in the region of southeast Iowa in a new, robust and exciting way. We look forward to the arrival of Dr. Frazier and his family.”
Frazier is currently employed at Campbellsville University. From 2005 to 2015, Frazier has served as associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of the graduate school and associate professor of international studies. Frazier currently oversees 17 graduate programs across various disciplines and is responsible for implementing recruitment strategies, overseeing curriculum development and monitoring program resources. Under his leadership at CU, the graduate program has grown steadily and new programs have been developed. Two of the programs Frazier helped establish were recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top online programs in the United States. In addition, Frazier served as the senior vice president for international programs at Upper Iowa University and was responsible for overseeing UIU’s academic extension centers located in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Under his leadership, full-time student enrollment at the international academic extension locations increased significantly.
Frazier will begin employment at Iowa Wesleyan June 1. As chief academic officer he will oversee the areas of curriculum, program development, student success, online and graduate education, faculty development, assessment, and accreditation. He will also have the responsibility to carry out initiatives outlined in Iowa Wesleyan’s new strategic plan that will be adopted by the board of trustees in the near future.
“I am humbled at the opportunity to come and serve alongside the Iowa Wesleyan community,” said Frazier. “It is not often that a person has the opportunity to come to an institution that has nearly two centuries of history. I am firmly committed to working with President Titus and the entire faculty and staff to see Wesleyan grow and prosper so that together we can add to its impressive heritage and legacy. The foundation of any academic institution is the quality of the faculty and its academic programs. I look forward to partnering with Iowa Wesleyan’s faculty to provide the highest level of teaching and learning. I am confident in Iowa Wesleyan’s strategic future as the region’s comprehensive university for southeast Iowa and beyond.”
Frazier earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and mathematics from Campbellsville University. He completed his master of arts in Latin American politics and international politics at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. He finished an additional M.A. at the University of Louisville in higher education administration before completing his Ph.D. in leadership at the University of Louisville. Dr. Frazier, and his wife Sarah, and their six children, Blaine (10), Zachary (8), Safari (7), Kiera (5), Sandrine (5) and Moses (2) will make their home in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.